An open source implementation of the SHOW application from Larry Kroeker's DF-EDIT
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DF-SHOW (Directory File Show) is a Unix-like rewrite of some of the applications from Larry Kroeker's DF-EDIT (Directory File Editor) for MS-DOS and PC-DOS systems, based on the Version 2.3d release from 1986.


The show application lets users view the names of files and directories on a disk with information about the files. Files can be copied, moved, viewed, and edited (in your system's default editor). The application is run using the show command. The output is similar to the ls command. A file view is also included which can be invoked using the sf command.


  • List files. DF-SHOW's primary function is to display a list of files on a system, in an interactive display allowing users' to browse up and down large lists of files in a directory.
  • View files. The ability to quickly peek into text files makes DF-SHOW a powerful tool for power users, this function uses the default pager defined in the user's system environment or the included sf application.
  • Edit files. Whilst DF-SHOW doesn't come with a text editor like DF-EDIT (for the reason there are many good, well established text editors already available), it can launch the user's default text editor for any given selected file.
  • Copy files. DF-SHOW can copy files to another destination.
  • Rename files. Users' can move files to a different file name.
  • Delete files. DF-SHOW also removes files at the user's request.
  • Create directories. Users' are also able to create new directories from within the DF-SHOW interface.
  • Update permissions. Owners, groups, and permissions can be set within the application.
  • Hunt within files. Find files in a directory containing a string.
  • Execute applications. Files with execution permissions can be launched from withing DF-SHOW.

Installing DF-SHOW


Releases of DF-SHOW are available in the AUR

curl -L | tar xz
cd dfshow
makepkg -srci

The latest cutting edge versions from the master branch are also available in the AUR

curl -L | tar xz
cd dfshow-git
makepkg -srci


Run the following to install DF-SHOW from the offical PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ian-hawdon/dfshow
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dfshow

RPM Based Distributions

Pre-built packages of DF-SHOW are maintained on the Fedora Copr system. For more information, please see the roberthawdon/DF-SHOW repository.

Building from Git

Download the project and prepare sources with

git clone
cd dfshow

Build DF-SHOW with


Install DF-SHOW

sudo make install

Running Show

The show directory utility is invoked with the following command:

show <directory_names>

The <directory_name> parameter can by any directory the current user has access to on the system, similar to the ls command. Using / will take the user to the root directory of the system.

If the show directory utility is invoked without specifing a directory, then the current directory is displayed.

Running SF

The show file utility is invoked with the following command:

sf <file>

The <file> parameter can be any file the current user has access to on the system. If the show file utility is invoked without specifing a file, then the user is prompted to load a file within the application.



Directory Viewer

SF - Show File

Show File